As we mentioned last time, it’s Tools Month here on the STISIM Drive blog! Today we’re going to take a look at a handy little tool that allows you to see all the file resources required to run a specific scenario.
A Tool for File Viewing
This tool, called the List Required Files feature, will save you a ton of time and headache if you ever want to share a scenario, need technical support, or simply want to see what support files a scenario is using.
For example, let’s say you’re the generous type and you want to share a complex scenario you created with a colleague at another organization. You might think that all you need to do is send over your scenario file, and, voila! Your colleague will be up-and-running in no time.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Your scenario may contain files that your colleague doesn’t have. If you’re using Previously Defined Events files, or custom-created sounds, models, or artwork, you need to give all those files along with the scenario in order for it to work properly. The same holds true for sending someone a playback file – in order to view it, they’ll need all the support files used by your scenario.
And that’s where the List Required Files feature comes in! You can save yourself from potential file hell with a few easy steps.
How to Use the List Required Files Feature
- From the STISIM Drive main GUI, load the scenario file that you want to investigate.
- Click on the Tools tab.
- Click on the List Required Files icon.
- A new window will pop up showing you the tree structure for the desired scenario file. Any event that references another file will be displayed. Expanding that event will show you the names and locations of the required files.
- The best part? If you want to share your files with someone else, all you have to do is click “Zip Files”. This collects all the files and puts them into a single zipped file that can then be emailed. Better yet, when the files are zipped, they maintain their directory structure so that the recipient can simply unzip the file and all the scenario files will be copied to their proper location on the local computer.
You might not need to use the List Required Files tool very often, but when you need to share a scenario, it will be a lifesaver (especially when asking for technical assistance)! You never need to worry about whether or not you can share all the files needed for your scenarios – the answer to that is always “Yes!”.